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Broncos' QB Teddy Bridgewater set to return after concussion

Denver Broncos' quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is set to return to the field just a week after suffering a concussion against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Broncos' QB Teddy Bridgewater set to return after concussion
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The Denver Broncos' QB is expected to make his return to the field on Sunday

Teddy Bridgewater is ready for his comeback

The Denver Broncos are hopeful that quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be green lit to play as he faces the last phase of the NFL's concussion protocol on Saturday morning. Bridgewater is expected be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The former rookie of the year, who suffered a concussion in Sunday's defeat to the Baltimore Ravens, has recovered steadily over the last week and has even participated in on-field sessions on Thursday and Friday.

After clearance, Bridgewater was placed amongst the team starters for the majority of the snaps in both sessions. It is widely expected that he will be in the starting lineup come Sunday. The Broncos' quater back will require evaluation by an independent physician ahead of the team's walk-through prior to their departure for Pittsburgh the same day.

Coach Fangio on Bridgewater: "He looks good."

Questioned on Bridgewater's status after Friday's practice, coach Vic Fangio was hopeful in his response, "Right now he's progressed nicely; he's cleared up to this point." Fangio added "They'll decide [Saturday] for the final verdict." In response to questions on how Bridegwater was looking Fangio concluded by saying, "good."

How did Bridgewater get here?

Bridgewater suffered a concussion while attempting to make the last pass before the half last Sunday. Having suffered multiple tackles - one of which knocked his helmet off - the final straw came when linebacker Odafe Oweh laid into him. The Broncos' QB was then was examined briefly by medical staff and finally taken to the locker room for further tests.

After eight seasons in the NFL, Bridgewater has constantly been credited for both his on field and off field work ethic. Coming into Sunday's game he is the league leader in pass completion. His first-quarter touchdown pass to tight end Noah Fant took him to five scoring passes this season without conceding a turnover.